Mental Health Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities [NOOK Book]

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Over the last three decades, the visibility -- and public acceptance -- of self-identified lesbian women and gay men and bisexual and transgender individuals has increased dramatically, making it more important than ever to understand the dynamics of their relationships.

This timely work, part of Volume 21 in the Review of Psychiatry series, offers compelling facts and insights in a concise yet comprehensive format, bringing together the latest...

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Mental Health Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities

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Overview

Over the last three decades, the visibility -- and public acceptance -- of self-identified lesbian women and gay men and bisexual and transgender individuals has increased dramatically, making it more important than ever to understand the dynamics of their relationships.

This timely work, part of Volume 21 in the Review of Psychiatry series, offers compelling facts and insights in a concise yet comprehensive format, bringing together the latest research and clinical practice related to these four distinct communities.

In just five chapters, eight experts discuss normal development in sexual minority youth; three theoretical models regarding aging and sexual orientation; the expanding role of the mental health professional in the courtroom as forensic expert and therapist in child custody/visitation, workplace harassment/other discrimination, domestic violence, and immigration/asylum cases; an historical overview of clinical attitudes toward homosexuality, reporting on little-known adverse side effects of sexual conversion treatment and raising important clinical and ethical concerns about "reparative" therapy; and the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity in transgender mental health, including (among other topics) a fascinating discussion of distinctions between sexual orientation and gender, and an illuminating case example of transgenderism and homosexuality.

Thought-provoking and informative, this compact volume will be welcomed by residents, clinicians, and students alike as they continue to look for ways to better differentiate health from pathology and successfully treat these remarkably diverse individuals.

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Five chapters, attempting to avoid societal effects of bias and prejudice, look at some of the broad issues in the psychiatric treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. After a review of the mental health development of normal sexual minority youth, the subject of aging and sexual orientation is addressed. Psychiatric professional issues related to child custody, discrimination, domestic violence, immigration, and other legal proceedings involving one or more same-sex oriented individuals are also discussed. The theoretical basis for sexual conversion (or "reparative") therapies are questioned and their side effects are reported. Finally, issues related to transgender communities are reviewed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is one of a series of edited volumes on selected topics in psychiatry. The five chapters focus on specific age groups, legal issues, and information to counter past approaches to homosexuality as pathological.
Purpose: The aim is to update thinking about mental health issues of persons with diverse gender orientations.
Audience: It is written for residents, clinicians, and students. The lack of technical information makes the content accessible to a variety of readers.
Features: The book offers thoughtful reflection about concerns that the practitioner who does not work regularly with persons from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities might miss. The authors include simple, obvious suggestions like making office information forms communicate acceptance of those of different gender orientation by including categories other than married or single. Interesting statistics about the prevalence of homosexuality among adolescents and the experience of this vulnerable group provides information that the reader might not see elsewhere. The book reads quickly, but lacks depth.
Assessment: The busy clinician will find this book a convenient and easy way to update a psychiatric approach to gender issues that no longer views sexual orientation as problematic, but addresses the stress of the person living in our culture that is not, in general, accepting of sexual difference. The reader who looks for research-based information about health problems or treatment approaches will be disappointed with the minimal information in the book.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585627707
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.01 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Billy E. Jones, M.D., M.S., is Chief Consultant at B. Jones Consulting Service and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College in New York, New York.

Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D., is Acting Assistant Commissioner for HIV Services at the New York City Department of Health; Board Member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; and Member of the New York Association of Black Psychologists.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Normal development in sexual minority youth. Aging and sexual orientation. Offering psychiatric opinion in legal proceedings when lesbian or gay sexual orientation is an issue. Sexual conversion ("reparative") therapies: history and update. Transgender mental health: the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Index.

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